Lot 133
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SODALITE DEMI-PAURE, 'DAWN OF ART'; SODALITE EAR CLIPS, BOTH ILIAS LALAOUNIS, 1970S AND AN ADDITIONAL PAIR OF EAR CLIPS

Estimate
4,500 - 5,500 GBP
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Description

Comprising: a hinged bangle and a choker both of planished torque design with spherical sodalite terminals, inner circumference approximately 160 and 355mm respectively; and a pair of ear clips collet-set with a sodalite disc supported by three stylised dolphins, all signed Lalaounis, maker's mark; plus an additional pair of ear clips of planished hoop design, Greek maker's mark.The Dawn of Art collection was one of the earliest creations of fourth generation Greek goldsmith Ilias Lalaounis (1920-2013), who having worked for Zolotas, which was run by his uncle, founded his own company in 1969 setting up his headquarters at the base of the Acropolis. This collection was inspired by prehistoric European and Greek art and archaeological finds.Cf.: Ilias Lalaounis, Metamorphoses, Greece, 1984, pg. 32, for an illustration of the choker and bracelet.
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